HI! HOW ARE YOU? WHERE ARE YOU? Hi ! Feeling fine right now, a bit tired (we’re just back from some gigs in france and switzerland), and back in our hometown, the not-so-well-known Toulouse, which lies in the south-west of France. „SEXPLOSIVE LOCOMOTIVE« IS OUT AND VERY IMPRESSIVE. ARE YOU CONTENT WITH EVERYTHING? HOW ARE YOUR FEELINGS NOW AFTER WORK IS DONE? I must confess I never listen to that album… It’s been more than a year since we finished it, and I think I listened to it just twice. I feel quite happy about it, even if there are some bits I would change… We’re completely maniac about the sound of our recordings. If the label hadn’t put a deadline at one point, I guess we’d be still working on it… AS YOU ARE A QUITE UNKOWN BAND IN THE GERMAN INDUSTRIAL/ METAL SCENE COULD YOU PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO OUR READERS?! WHAT ABOUT YOUR MEMBERS, YOUR RELIGION, YOUR STYLE? PUNISH YOURSELF is: cyberpunk, neon-lights, no inhibitions, trashy imagery, three studio albums, a live record, a live DVD coming soon, and more than 300 gigs since 1996. Line up, now : Miss Z : female vox, guitar, percussions. X.av : drums. Pierlox : guitar and backing vocals. Vx « cheerleader » 69 : vox and machines. Religion : we’re deeply atheistic. Fuck all religions, including neo-paganistic rubbish and satanic retards. AND HOW DID YOUR COLLABORATION WITH SRIRACHA RECORDS START? ARE YOU CONTENT WITH THEIR PROMOTIONAL WORK? YOU HAD MANY DIFFERENT LABELS IN THE PAST, IS IT DIFFICULT TO FIND SOMETHING DECENT IN FRANCE? We are very happy with Active’s work – the label’s name switched from Sriracha to Active Entertainment recently, but basically, it didn’t change anything – we were in contact for years with some people at the Sriracha crew, they heard we were recording a new album, they signed it… Before that, we had tried very small labels which couldn’t really work on us – there are good labels in France, but most of’em were really uninterested in signing something electronic. Even if we’re more into rock’n’roll than pure tronics… THE ARTWORK OF YOUR ALBUM IS LIKE A MOSAIQUE. WHAT DID YOU WANT TO EXPRESS WITH IT? Actually, the artist who created the artwork (Wytlyt, who is also our webmaster) was completely free, we didn’t suggest anything – and we were very happy with the result, this patchwork of contradictory images suited so well the album lyrics. Anger, fun, political rants, all mixed together… Quite funnily, some people told us this artwork reminded them of NAPALM DEATH, but I guess Wytlyt didn’t ever hear of NAPALM DEATH.. WHICH LYRICAL CONCEPT STANDS BEHIND «SEXPLOSIVE LOCOMOTIVE»? OF COURSE IT’S A SEXUAL TERM BUT COULD YOU FIGURE IT OUT IN MORE DETAIL? Basically, « Sexplosive Locomotive » has no meaning, at all. We were searching for a title and listed a lot of ideas, playing with words and sounds, and that « sexplosive locomotive » thing did it. We don’t believe in meaning but we do believe in words, cut-up techniques, random associations… The meaning comes afterwards ! « Sexplosive Locomotive » can make you think of power and lust, or maybe anything, really – if it was a book or a movie, I think it would be packed of transgender spies plotting a revolution in some imaginary country, all of them in a train with lots of dope and guns. Or maybe, the autobiography for some adventurous pornstar… We don’t really care. BESIDES MUSIC YOU BELIEVE IN SEX, DRUGS AND GAY CULTURE. WHICH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOR YOU AND HUMANITY? We believe in nothing, nichts, nada! Sex and drugs and freedom of orientation are just what is left for us to try to fuck up this sick sad world we’re trapped in, but who could say honestly he « believes » in sex’n’drugs’n’gayn’n’roll ? You don’t have to believe it, you have to live it. Like a fish doesn’t have to believe in water… BY THE WAY WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE NEW POPE? ARE YOU IN ANY WAY INTERESTED IN HIS POLITICS (EITHER POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE) I don’t care much about the new pope. I hope he’ll be dumb and agressively conservative, so that more people turn their back to religion. Religion is one of humanity’s unavoidable cancers. All of them, even that pretty buddhist lie… I don’t need sexless heaven or hippie nirvana or fascist valhalla. Gotterdämerung now! YOUR LIVE SHOWS SHALL BE LEGENDARY AND THE PICS ON YOUR HOMEPAGE ARE REALLY INTERESTING. WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR VISUALS AND ART ON STAGE? AREN’T YOU AFRAID THIS COULD DISTRACT FROM THE MUSIC? We’re all collectively responsible for the stage-design, the paintings and so on… We have no « artistic director ». Inside the basic scheme – getting bodypaint on – each member of the band is completely free. This is not a fucking theatrical broadway show, this is punk! AND WHO IS OLGA THE WEIRD DANCER? Olga is a friend, basically. I think we first met at a very chaotic gig in Paris which ended up in total destruction, and she offered to dance for her… We’re always happy to add visual performers to the show. Now she’s a full member of the band. We also have other dancers sometimes, like Klodia with her metal-grinding tool, and another Olga… WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOUR WGT 2005 GIG IN GERMANY? AND HOW DO YOU LOOK FORWARD IT? This is probably gonna be a strange gig, really. We’re playing in an open air stage, by the light of day – so, with the UV lights not working, I really don’t know what’s gonna happen. I hope the audience won’t be to tired from the parties of the night before lol… This is either gonna be pure madness, or like a train wreck crashing. We’ll see… HOW DO YOU COMPOSE A „TYPICAL« PUNISH YOURSELF TRACK? FIRST ELECTRONICS, FIRST GUITAR, FIRST LYRICS? HOW DO YOU INTERACT AS A BAND WHILE COMPOSING? We have no « typical » way of composing. Sometimes we have a guitar riff, sometimes an electronic beat, sometimes a very precise idea, sometimes not… We jam a lot. I mean, this is not a one-man-band ! I’m the one working on the electronic side, but this is not the main part of composing. SOME SONGS HAVE KIND OF POLITICAL ATTITUDE. IT’S NOT TO BE OVERSEEN THAT YOU ARE NO FRIENDS OF AMERICAN GOVERNMENT. HOW CAN WE GET RID OF THEM? The terrible truth is we CAN’T get rid of them. So at least, let’s try to make some fun of the situation… AND WHICH SHORT TERM WOULD YOU USE TO DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC TO AN UNKNOWING PERSON? IS INDUSTRIAL OR CYBER ROCK OK? Industrial rock, cyberpunk, digital rock’n’roll… We don’t care much about labels. If we cared, we’d have to say we’re playing postbatcavetechnobiantglam with a gothabilly edge. Or something like that. WHERE DO YOU FEEL MORE COMFORTABLY. IN METAL OR ALTERNATIVE SCENE? OR IS THIS NON IMPORTANT FOR YOU? We don’t care. We definitely don’t come from a metal background, but we have no trouble in playing festivals with bands like Therion, Anorexia Nervosa or Samael… Even if we’re a bit alien… But when we play a goth night we’re alien too… We play for whoever wants to hear. HOW DO YOU LIKE ACTS AS RAMMSTEIN, MANSON, KMFDM, DIE KRUPPS? WOULD YOU LOVE TO SUPPORT SOME OF THEM? We’d be very happy to support any of these acts, even if we don’t like every record they released, to say the least… They have not been really influential for us, our roots are more bands like Ministry, Foetus, The Lords Of Acid. But I do like a lot most KMFDM records, though. And the first Die Krupps records were insanely great, back in the 80’s, before they turned to hairy metal stuff. DO YOU HAVE SOME KIND OF VIDEO WHICH MAYBE IS PLAYED ON MTVIVA? We have a videoclip for an old song, but didn’t shoot anything for that album. Having a videoclip is in my mind a waste of time and money… I mean, if you ain’t got an insane budget, how can you shoot an « impressive » videoclip ? And we won’t waste money just for being seen by some teenagers on TV. Fuck this MTV/MTV-like system. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE CURRENT ALTERNATIVE SCENE IN FRANCE? TOO MANY BANDS? TOO MANY COPYCATS? ANY INTERESTING NEW INFLUENCES OR UNDERGROUND BANDS WHICH HAVE TO BE DISCOVERED? There’s a very lively and interesting scene in France, with lots of bands. Some really good, some really bad… And not so many copycats. Really good bands which must be checked out include TAMTRUM, MUCKRAKERS, LT-NO, SHANE COUGH, ETHS, and lots more. All of them in very different styles! YOU OBVIOUSLY LIKE STRANGE MOVIES. COULD YOU TELL ME YOUR FAVOURITE TITLES? The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Faster Pussycat Kill Kill, Night Of The Hunter, Killer Crocodile, the Dirty Harry movies, Killer Klowns From Outer Space… We’re really on B/Z-movies and low-budget cinema, especially stuff from the 60’s/70’s. Transgressive/experimental movies too, like the ones by Richard Kern or Kenneth Anger. All this reflects directly on the music… WHAT ARE YOUR OTHER INTERESTS BESIDES MUSIC? Movies, alcohol, sex, drugs, bad litterature, dancing. Some in the band are also into videogames. We’re counter-culture-trash products ! YOU HAVE BEEN ON TOUR WITH DAS ICH/ VNV NATION AND SOME OTHER VERY WELL KNOWN ACTS. ANY FUNNY TOUR STORIES, ANY CATATROPHES? WHO IMPRESSED YOU MOST? Meeting Rozz Williams (we were a VERY young band then) was like a dream. He was such a nice person… And his concert was just plainly PERFECT. DAS ICH are really cool and funny. Meeting HANIN ELIAS was great too. In fact, most musicians seem to be nice persons! Excerpt for some unpleasant fuckheads, but I won’t tell you who… The strangest tour story we have must be when we played with VNV NATION in Marseille. They had this HUGE tour bus, and the venue was so small and miserable, it was not a place for concerts at all, more for small marriage parties! VNV just couldn’t believe it. And there was almost no audience, something like 30 people… immediately after the show, VNV packed their things and ran away (lol). THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR SHARING YOUR TIME AND GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR STRONG EFFORT. We thank YOU !